Hurricane Season News

New Orleans Hurricane Protection System Tested

With hurricane season approaching, the Army Corps of Engineers is running through its plans to better protect New Orleans from flooding and testing pumps and floodgates built around this low-lying metropolis since Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago. Corps officials …

Florida’s Hurricane-Free Run Has Insurer Bracing for Storms

Florida hasn’t been hit by a hurricane since 2005, the longest stretch in more than a century. Its state-run property insurer isn’t taking any chances. Even though forecasters predict this year will produce the fewest named Atlantic storms since 1997, …

Hurricane Season Forecast Flaws Worth Remembering

The Colorado State University hurricane forecast for the Atlantic Ocean came out Thursday and called for seven named storms. That would be the fewest since 1997. The CSU forecast will be followed soon by a host of others, most of …

TWIA Financial Outlook Improved as Hurricane Season Starts

Low catastrophe activity and claims experience so far this year have helped to put Texas’ insurer of last resort for properties along the Gulf Coast in a better position to face the 2014 hurricane season than it has been in …

South Carolina Insurance Department Sets Coastal Property Hearing

With the 2014 hurricane season starting this weekend, the S.C. Department of Insurance is holding its annual information session and public hearing for coastal property owners. The session on Thursday evening at Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel will include …

Virgina Hurricane-Prep Sales Tax Break Ends Saturday

Virginians who want to stock up on batteries, bottled water and other supplies for the hurricane season will get a tax break for a couple more days. The sales tax holiday will spare residents state and local levies for items …

Slow Atlantic Hurricane Season Predicted

A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared. The El Nino, which …

No Hurricane Landfalls This Year, Predict Coastal Carolina Scientists

Scientists at Coastal Carolina University expect no hurricane to make landfall on the East Coast or in the Gulf of Mexico this year. The forecast Tuesday anticipates a “below to near normal” hurricane season in 2014. Hurricane season begins June …

Florida Hurricane Fund Still Strong at End of Season

Florida is ending this year’s storm season with some good news. The state-created fund that backs up private insurers in Florida remains in the best financial shape it has been since it was created 20 years ago. New estimates drawn …

Hurricane Bust Humbles Forecasters With No Major Atlantic Storm

The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season is humbling forecasters by shaping up as the first in almost two decades without a major storm, confounding predictions that it would be more active than normal. It’s been two weeks since the season’s statistical …